Islamabad United opener ready to represent Pakistan team

Islamabad United opener ready to represent Pakistan team

Farhan also played for Punjab in the 2018 Pakistan Cup.

Sahibzada Farhan
Sahibzada Farhan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Pakistan cricket was recently hit with the massive news of Ahmed Shehzad’s involvement in the doping scandal. He is an opening batsman and the management needs to have a pool of players in order to fill his slot, provided the opener gets banned. Sahibzada Farhan is one of the brightest talents going around in the country and is speculated to feature in the national team’s lineup in the near future.

The right-hander represented the Misbah-ul-Haq captained Islamabad United team in this year’s Pakistan Super League. He didn’t play the whole tournament and managed 91 runs in 6 matches at an average of 22.75. His top score of 44 came against the Darren Sammy-led Peshawar Zalmi. Recently, the Charsadda-born player reckoned that plying his trade in the PSL has helped him to a large extent.

“I believe in my abilities”- Sahibzada Farhan

“I feel that I am ready for international cricket and playing in the PSL has a lot to do with that. The reason is simple; in the PSL, you are batting against some of the best bowlers in the world and because the PSL is one of the world’s top T20 leagues, if one can play in this tournament and learn from it, then there is no doubt that one can easily play at the international level as well,” Farhan told PakPassion.

Farhan also played for Punjab in the 2018 Pakistan Cup and was the team’s third-highest run-getter with 263 runs from 4 matches at an average of 65.75 and strike-rate of 98.50. His best performance came versus Balochistan where he notched 155 runs during his team’s journey to trace down a mammoth 365 runs. Farhan, during his chat, also sounded confident about his chances to play for the Men in Green.

“I wasn’t disappointed at my exclusion from the Pakistan squad for the recent series against Scotland. I understand that there are some things which are not in one’s control and one should not take such things to heart. I believe in my abilities and know that when the time is right, I will get my chance to play for Pakistan,” the 22-year-old added.

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